Westminster’s plans for a new downtown on the site of the former Westminster Mall took another step forward during an Aug. 26 presentation that outlined a development that includes multi-story office and residential buildings, unique public spaces and vibrant shopping areas.
City planners and representatives from internationally recognized urban planning firm Torti Gallas and Partners showed off the first draft of a master plan that will guide future development of the 105-acre site, located at U.S. 36 and Sheridan Boulevard.
Westminster City Council, sitting as the Westminster Economic Development Authority, was joined by the city Planning Commission to view the plan and provide comments.
The master plan will provide a framework and vision for the new downtown as development occurs over the next 20-30 years. Key components of the plan include allowed land uses, public parks and plazas, multi-modal circulation and access to transit, urban design, development flexibility, and taking advantage of the fabulous views the site has of the Front Range.
“This is a bold plan that lines up with the vision for a new downtown that our community has been calling for,” said City Manager Brent McFall. “At the end of this process, we will have a development opportunity that is unique not just in Colorado but in the country.”
The draft plan will be presented to the public for comment in September during a pair of open houses and online opportunities. The open houses are planned for Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MAC, 3295 West 72nd Ave and on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the City Park Recreation Center, 10455 Sheridan Blvd. The public is also invited to participate in an online open house on WestyCOnnect (www.westyconnect.us) from Sept. 18-25.
Following the public outreach, the draft plan will go to the Planning Commission and to City Council for action in October.
Please visit www.westminstercenter.us for more details.